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Fire Safety Tips for Summer

Thousands of fires take place every day during the summer. In fact, with all the air conditioners running, high temperatures and stresses on electrical systems, it is one of the most dangerous seasons for fire. That is why, this summer, you should take some extra precautions to help keep your building occupants safe. The hottest time of year for Ohio is just around the corner and as experts in office fire protection systems for Columbus and all of Ohio, we’d like to talk to you more about proper office fire safety and what you can do to better protect it.

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Cooling System Safety

HVAC systems and fans are the major culprits when it comes to summer fire hazards. Make sure fans aren’t running constantly and that their cords aren’t damaged. How old are the fans? It might be time to consider new, safer and more efficient fans. Also, clean out any exhaust fans regularly and clear debris out of the vents. Avoid running fans consistently for long periods of time.

How is your air conditioning running? Dust can settle over the motor and other electrical components and cause faults, which can create fires. Running multiple cooling units together consistently and for long periods of time can also result in overloading and overheating, which presents an opportunity for fires to start.

Fire Protection System Inspection

Have you had your office fire protection system inspected lately? How old is the system? You should have fire alarms and fire suppression systems professionally serviced in the form of annual inspections. It is important to have your office fire protection systems checked once a year by a professional fire detection and alarm company such as Hard Fire. These preventative measures are essential in ensuring your system can handle whatever summer throws at it.

Other Summer Considerations

Fire risk is heightened by high temperatures. It is important to store flammables such as gas cylinders upright and never indoors. Do you keep items such as lawnmowers on your campus? Remember to regularly remove debris from cutting units and engines. And, never refuel a mower when it’s overheated.

How about a grill? Keep it away from your facility and any overhanging branches and always keep it clean.
Whatever special considerations your office needs this summer, Hard Fire can customize office fire protection systems to match. Do you have large servers or similar sensitive technical equipment? We can create a system tailored to monitor and keep your equipment safe.

Give us a call and a service representative will meet with you, tour your facility, and develop office fire protection systems and a service agreement to ensure your life safety systems are tested, inspected, and maintained to keep them operating at peak performance all season.

Are you interested in learning more about office fire protection systems in Columbus and the surrounding areas? Call Hard Fire at 1-800-848-1301 or 614-882-2990 or you can Contact Us.

Reasons Why Passive Commercial Fire Protection Isn’t Enough

Does your building have a commercial fire suppression system? If so, how old is it? Is it still up to code? If you have an old, outdated or bare bones fire suppression system in your office building, are you really doing everything you can to ensure safety for those who work there every day? Passive fire protection isn’t enough to keep everyone safe. Passive fire protection may work in theory, but when it comes down to it, your best line of defense is having a current, tested and monitored system that works. At Hard Fire, we specialize in commercial fire suppression for Columbus and know firsthand how essential having the right system can be.

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We go directly to each business we service to custom design a comprehensive commercial fire suppression system for each unique business and building and then monitor it thereafter. We are constantly on top of the latest technology in fire suppression so we hate to see situations where companies don’t stay up-to-date on the latest and the greatest. Why not bring old buildings up to current technology

Detection alone won’t be enough for the safety of your building and the people within it. Fast, sufficient suppression is just as important. The best thing you can do for your commercial fire suppression system is to have it inspected by Hard Fire at least once a year. We can catch any problems that might impact the system’s ability to work if it is needed. We also recommend that you take a look at it on a monthly basis and that you take basic precautions like never painting over the sprinklers, never obstructing them and never hanging items from them.

And, the faster the fire is spotted, the sooner your notification system can alert the proper emergency personnel to come and put out the blaze.

Make sure all of your commercial fire suppression systems are properly installed and monitored. They can help save lives and minimize the amount of damage done. Since these are so essential, it is also important to make sure you hire the professionals to ensure the job is done well. At Hard Fire, we have professional representatives on NFPA standard’s code committees and work closely with fire detection and suppression system manufacturers.

When you’re ready to learn more about commercial fire suppression for your Columbus office, call us at Hard Fire at 800-848-1301 or 614-882-2990 or Contact Us.

Importance of Testing Fire Alarms & Emergency Lighting

With proper professional maintenance, a fire detection system can last for over a decade. However, to ensure its longevity and effectiveness, you should have these fire alarms professionally serviced in the form of annual inspections. It is important to have your commercial fire alarm systems checked once a year by a professional fire detection and alarm company such as Hard Fire. We specialize in commercial fire alarm systems for Ohio and are here to tell you more about inspection and why it’s so important.

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Commercial fire alarm systems can include visual and audio evacuation alarms, alarm initiating devices; sprinkler water flow alarms, automatic smoke detectors, manual pull stations, heat detectors and much more. And, all of these need to be tested from time to time. When performing an inspection of your emergency lights, exit sign and more, an experienced technician from Hard Fire will make sure everything will work when you need it to.

For example, when it comes to your emergency lighting, did you know that ninety minutes is the illumination time required to give everyone enough time to properly exit the building? We will verify that the lights will function for the required 90 minutes, should they be needed in the case of an emergency. And, this is just one element of your commercial fire alarm systems we will test.

Every business has to abide by codes and regulations. These requirements can affect several aspects of a business, including accessibility, environment, and mechanical systems, among many others. And, we are well-versed in these codes for commercial fire alarm systems. When we install your alarm system, you can depend on us for all of its maintenance and testing needs. For example, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration Code of Federal Regulations require you to adequately illuminate all exits. The codes also require you to maintain emergency lights and exit signs to make sure they are always in operating condition. We are here to keep your commercial fire alarm systems up to code.

We will customize a preventive maintenance program that provides you with a single source for all of your commercial fire alarm systems. A service representative will meet with you, tour your facility, and develop a service agreement to ensure your life safety systems are tested, inspected, and maintained to keep them operating at peak performance.

It is important to make a special effort to thoroughly test and inspect all of your commercial fire alarm systems’ components for proper operation. The most current techniques and equipment are utilized during each of our inspections to meet the rigorous requirements of today’s complex fire alarm systems. Because, we want to make sure your alarm systems work when you need them!

Are you interested in learning more about inspection of commercial fire alarm systems in Ohio? Call Hard Fire at 1-800-848-1301 or 614-882-2990, or you can Contact Us.

The Importance of Quality (Not Just Any) Fire Detection System for Your Business

As a facilities manager you must balance the time, cost, and quality of everything you put into your facility; from the vending machines to the more important life safety systems. When it comes to fire safety, these systems can have serious implications for building managers and occupants. It is essential you find the right system for your unique building and business. Not only does your fire detection system protect the lives and safety of staff, visitors and contractors, but it ensures that the building can be operated in a safe manner, ensuring a safe workplace. At Hard Fire we understand this and are here to tell you all about the importance of investing in quality fire detection for your Columbus business.

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Proper fire detection can help save lives and they can help mitigate the damage to your property too. They detect fire or smoke and notify you and your building’s occupants of a fire emergency, and they are a vital part of quick evacuations. It is important you hire a fire detection company you can trust. What about cost? The cost of fire safety has to be balanced against the time that all the repercussions take. A quality fire detection system is invaluable. They sound the warning that a fire has been detected and everyone needs to evacuate immediately.

Other components of the system make it easier for the occupants to evacuate, like strobe lights and exit signs. Those lights and signs mean the exits out of the building are easier to see, especially if your building loses power for some reason.

Is the fire alarm in place correct for the type of building occupancy? Does it meet current standards, and is it maintained in accordance with current codes and regulations? These are all things to consider.

Experts like the ones at Hard Fire know these fire detection codes and regulations inside and out, and we stay up to date on them. We can guide you in the right direction when you come to us to learn more about our fire alarms and our other fire detection services.

It is impossible to put a price on the safety and well-being of your building’s occupants. Most commercial fire alarms are reasonably priced and within almost all budgets. You get the peace of mind you deserve knowing your building’s occupants will be properly notified to evacuate if and when a fire is ever detected.

These are just some of the many reasons a quality fire detection system is such an essential for commercial properties of all types and sizes. When you contact us to learn more, we can tell you even more about these life safety fire detection systems and the ways they will benefit you.

Would you like more information about fire detection for Columbus or any of the surrounding areas? Call us at Hard Fire at 1-800-848-1301 or 614-882-2990 or you can Contact Us.

Thank You and Happy Holidays from Hard Fire

With the end of 2017 quickly approaching, we want to take a moment to thank all our wonderful clients for their support. We are grateful to have served Ohio for more than 70 years, providing commercial fire detection and suppression services. We could not be in business this long without the support and patronage from so many of you!

As the year winds down, we just want to thank each and every one of you for your patronage, whether as a new or returning customer. We hope you will trust us for all your future fire protection needs!

We wish each of you a merry Christmas and a happy and prosperous new year!

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